The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Bracelet of Bones
The first novel in a new series from Crossley-Holland, The Viking Sagas, follows Solveig, a fourteen-year-old Norwegian who, in 1036, follows her father to Constantinople, where he is a member of the Viking guard.
Solveig is independent, brave, and loyal, valuing the people she encounters for their innate qualities rather than their origins, their religion or their cultural traditions. Over the course of her journey she finds her own strengths and moves towards maturity.
Crossley-Holland is steeped in Scandinavian early medieval culture and literature, and in recounting Solveig's journey artfully combines swift-paced adventure to attract his twenty-first century readers, with the poetic language of Viking saga.
Brief notes on Norse mythology, language and a sketch map are included.